Vic Fangio commented on Danny Trevathan’s health status and he was not optimistic
Injuries were the theme to the Bears season in 2016. It affected almost every layer and went from the beginning of the season all the way through the end. Last year a thumb injury sidelined Trevathan for two weeks, and later a patellar tendon finished his year five weeks early. Vic Fangio was able to talk about the status of Trevathan in his recovery, and it did not sound too optimistic.
A patellar tendon is not an injury to rush back from. Trevathan suffered his injury in late November, and the recovery timetable is set for about six to nine months. The earliest he would be back is in June, but the full recovery can also take up to year, which would be the late portion of the season. Needless to say expecting Trevathan back for camp would have been a surprise no matter what.
The most recent cases of the injury are Victor Cruz and Jimmy Graham. Both of their recoveries went a bit differently, though. For Cruz, he suffered the injury in October of 2014 and missed the entire 2015 season. For Graham, he suffered his injury in December of 2015, and back in action for week one. Graham was eased in his first couple of weeks of the season, but he was healthy and late in the season he was making his impact plays.
Therefore, it is tough to predict exactly when Trevathan will be back. With a questionable status for training camp it is hard to think he will be around and available for week one. However, it is also tough to assume he would miss an entire season or even the first ten weeks.
The team relied on Nick Kwiatkoski last season with the injuries to not only Trevathan but also Jerrell Freeman. Kwiatkowski was a fourth round pick and came in as a rookie behind the two veterans. He fared rather well and should be in line to see the snaps that Trevathan misses while recovering from the injury.